View Full Version : Pond!

07-12-2009, 03:12 AM
Well the cichlid fry are growing good, So i decided to make the pond a cichlid pond and Add the ruby fry to growout.

After they get some size one them i will probably get another cichlid species. Ether from lake victoria basin or lake malawi.

I just checked the pH in the pond and It's 8.3:ssuprised: Also this thing is going to be running without a filter for a while, But the good bacteria should grow good on the walls of the container and on the prefilter. But the cichlids are really small, So they should be fine.

07-12-2009, 03:15 AM
Ya gotta get a filter in there.The surfaces of a pond or any other tank doesn't have enough concentration to do the job.How big of a pond?

07-12-2009, 03:21 AM
100g:ssmile: The biggest of the 13 fry are not even 1/2", But i will see what i can do about the filter.

07-12-2009, 03:31 AM
When I had my small pond I rigged a usable biofilter by adding a small side pond full of lava rocks with a 250gph pump feeding it,they sell them at lowes and you set them up like a small waterfall.2-3 gal of rocks would be sufficient.

07-12-2009, 03:37 AM
I had another idea for a filter, But i can't find the lava rock and This one gravel i was going to use is too small:14: Anyway the pump i am using is a in pond pump.

Well my idea was having the pump suck water through lava rock that is in a small tupperware. I will see if i can get these small rocks working though.

07-12-2009, 03:43 AM
Do you have any lowes stores or home depot?They sell it in the landscape area.Its dyed red but it washes out ok.An in pond pump is exactly what you want.

07-12-2009, 04:15 AM
Yeah there is one, But i can't make it their for a few days.

Well i am going to test the water for ammonia and stuff and being that their are only 13 fry, I think they would be ok for a few days without a filter, Which wouldn't really be a filter anyway until the bacteria grew on it.

But i got some used filter media on the intake of the pump, Just to get some bacteria on the prefilter.

07-12-2009, 04:35 AM
It wouldn't let me edit my post, So sorry for double posting.

But with such a small bioload it could take forever for the pond to start cycling and The fry will really have to put on some size.

I will see what the tests say and I will think about what i will do.

07-12-2009, 07:08 AM
Looks like i will be waiting. With the chloramine in the water i get a reading of 1.0 of ammonia. I have prime, But i don't know if it's safe or not?

A day after i get the filter going on it i will put a half dose of prime to be safe and add a few fry and See how it goes from there.

07-14-2009, 04:56 AM
Well i got the filter going and I am in no hurry, So i will just wait until the ammonia in the water is gone, Then i will add all the fry.

07-17-2009, 09:37 AM
Well the ammonia is gone,:19: thumbs2: So I will be adding the fry.thumbs2: